Bloomfield Machine, aka Brian Kassan, releases a four-track sample of his forthcoming album, Units of Uncertainty, slated to drop on September 28.
Kassan, who played pop with Brian Wilson’s The Wondermints, pop-rock with Chewy Marble, and surf-jazz with The Tikiyaki Orchestra, swerved off in a different direction as Bloomfield Machine, immersing himself in electronic music.
Kassan explains, “I had always liked electronic music – Eno, Gary Numan, New Order, Kraftwerk, Ultravox – and I started discovering the psychedelic side of instrumental hip hop and electronica at one point – which opened up a whole new rabbit hole for me. It started with Boards of Canada, J-Dilla, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin, Tycho, Casino vs Japan, Caribou and others. They were inspiring to me in that they were solo creators of this more modern, but nonetheless progressive/psychedelic sounding music—but with beats. Once I found a computer program which met my needs—ease of use, ways to quickly create my own sounds with unlimited sonic software and hardware tools—Bloomfield Machine started to take shape as a new vehicle for new ideas. I could use drum loops and machines to record the one instrument I don’t really play.”
The new sound, a blend of prog-rock, psychedelia, hip-hop, down-tempo, and electronica, resulted in three albums: Success, Dopamine Drift, and Frequency Illusion. When Units of Uncertainty arrives this fall, listeners will be able to indulge themselves in 18-tracks of unique electronic music.
For those who can’t wait, a four-track appetizer is now available, including “Cultural Treason,” “MicroAgression,” “Race to Indifference,” and “Unfavorable Semicircle.”
“Cultural Treason” travels on industrial tones merging with dreamy carnival-like savors and hip-hop flavors. Whereas “MicroAgression” rolls out on mechanical, shuffling beats segueing into futuristic layers of psychedelia perfect for anime.
“Race to Indifference” features a jazz-based rhythm topped by mellow glowing colors, low-slung and nonchalant. Tasty leitmotifs give the tune cool, blasé textures. “Unfavorable Semicircle” rides trickling, retro colors into an undulating ecclesiastical melody fused with modern electronic washes.
Wholly original, yet avoiding the anarchy of the experimental, Bloomfield Machine delivers four tracks of retro-futuristic electronic music.